Bluebird will make sure the debut of its electric vehicle is all in the family. The racing-vehicle maker, which is headed by UK racing royalty Don Wales, will enter an electric vehicle in a September race that will feature celebrity and father-son teams. The winner will take home the Bluebird Trophy and the contest will also raise money for charity.
Another day, another EV sports car concept from out of the ether? Well, yes and no – Bluebird should be a familiar name to anyone with even a passing interest in land speed record history. A series of record-breaking LSR cars and boats ran the under the Bluebird moniker in the 1920s and 1930s with Britain's Sir Malcolm Campbell at the wheel, a legacy later carried on by his son, Donald Campbell and his grandson, Don Wales. It's that same lineage that's being leveraged with a new sports car
There seems to be a certain element of sexiness missing from electric car racing. The quiet whir of a field of motors simply lacks the carnal pull of the bark and fury of a chorus of internal combustion mills thrashing their way to the podium.
Go ahead, feast your eyes on the kinds of vehicles that might compete in the FIA's upcoming Formula E. Maybe it's the enclosed cockpit, maybe it the Alien-esque color and lines, maybe it's just us, but the just-unveiled Bluebird GTL Formula E racing car concept looks for all the world like something that would slither instead of speed.
Ford has sent a diesel Ranger Thunder double cab to join up with team Bluebird as they attempt to shatter an existing electric vehicle land speed record. This after a setback in August where the Bluebird slid sidewards at speeds in excess of 100 miles per hour while gunning for the record at Pendine Sands in Wales, prematurely ending the session.